Saturday, November 26, 2011

Review: Crest 2-hour Whitestrips

Hello lovelies,
I am obsessed with having white teeth! I read once that when someone looks at you, the first thing they notice about you are your eyes and second is your smile. Thankfully I had braces as a teenager so my teeth are fairly straight (I didn't wear my retainer as much as I should have which is why I say "fairly") but I drink a lot of coffee and tea so I'm always worrying about staining my teeth.
Recently I was sent Crest 2 hour express Whitestrips to review and wanted to share my results after using 1 treatment.
(Image borrowed from Google)

The package comes with 4 treatments which is a 12 month supply since each treatment is supposed to last for 3 months. It retails for around $50 so its wayyyyy cheaper than getting your teeth professionally whitened at the dentist. But with that being said, you also can't expect the same results you would get by going to a professional. The company states that this product is meant for people who need an express whitening treatment, but I'm not quite sure what that means. What kind of event could pop-up that you would need whiter teeth for right away? Maybe if you're a celebrity or in the public eye a lot?
My impressions of this product weren't so great. I normally use the regular Whitestrips and love the results I get with those, especially because you only need to keep them on for 30 minutes at a time. The 2 hour time allotment for these strips is a major problem for me, I just don't have that kind of patience.  Also, I didn't notice a huge difference in my teeth after I removed the strips. The box claims "noticeably whiter teeth" but I don't think that's entirely true. I don't think I'll wait 3 months to use the next set of strips, I might use them again after 1 month to see if anything "noticeable" occurs.
Overall, I give this product a 3/5. I think I'll stick to the regular Whitestrips.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Small haul from Urban Decay

Hello lovelies,
Recently, Urban Decay had their Family&Friends event where you could get 20% off everything, even sale items! I was able to get some really good deals, especially the primer potion which is my favorite eye shadow base.
 What I got: 2 cream eyeshadows in Midnight Rodeo and Rehab ($3 each), Deluxe sized primer potion in Eden ($15), 24/7 Glide on pencil in Baked ($9) and a Lip Junkie gloss in Wallflower (free)
 Eyeshadow swatches: L Rehab, R Midnight Rodeo
L- Lip Junkie gloss, R- Baked eyeliner

I absolutely love the cream shadows, they apply easily with my finger and last throughout the work day without creasing. They're the perfect shadows to use in the morning when you're in a rush to get our the door (which is me pretty much every day).
The eyeliner is a gorgeous gold shade and looks amazing when layered over a line of black liner, it really makes your eyes pop, especially brown ones. 
I"m not a huge fan of the lip gloss, it tastes like TUMS and the color doesn't show up on my lips.

Did anyone else take advantage of UD's discount?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

MAC Zoom Fast Black Mascara

Hello lovelies,
I received this mascara as part of the "Look in a Box" I purchased a while back at the CCO. I didn't expect much from this mascara as I'm not a big fan of MAC mascaras in general, but I was pleasantly surprised!

 Very thick formula with a tapered brush and tightly packed bristles
 One coat on my lashes (upper lashes only)
The color is VERY black and the consistency of the formula is right in-between wet and dry, possibly slightly more on the wet side. There is no strange odor as some mascaras tend to have (not to me anyways) and one coat is perfect for the daytime. Two coats give you super thick lashes but not the clumpy or spidery kind. It holds a curl pretty well, which is a feat for my straight-as-an-arrow lashes and gives good volume and length. I also haven't noticed any flaking, even after wearing it for 16 hours straight.
Overall, I think this is a fabulous mascara and give it 4.5/5. It loses 0.5 points because it doesn't hold the curl as well as I would like it to (I'm very picky about that). I will probably repurchase this, unless I find something else....I've been hearing a lot of good this about Cover Girls Lash Perfection......

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November Birchbox

Hello lovelies,
My Birchbox finally arrived after I had to track it down at the post office. I've already seen a couple of posts on other blogs about what was going to be in my box (hopefully) and I'm not disappointed! This months theme was the Holidays, so the box contained some good ideas for Christmas presents. I also received a Bauble Bar bracelet for giving feedback on my last two boxes, its such a pretty bracelet!
1. Klorlane Soothing Eye Makeup remover with cornflower ($9)
2. LaRocca Skincare Champagne and Shimmer Body polish ($35)
3. Oscar Blandi Jasmine Protein Mist ($18)
4. Zoya nail polish in Noel ($8) - a really pretty denim blue
5. Treat - Chuao Chocolatier - dark chocolate that contains popping candy and chipotle pepper - really yummy!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

FOTD using Look in a Box

Hello lovelies,
This is a look I created using the MAC Look-in-a-box I picked up at the CCO a few weeks ago. These boxes are amazing, and such a good deal! I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more!
 Mineralize eyeshadow in Lovestone

 MAC blacktrack fluidine and Zoom fast black mascara (new HG mascara!)
MAC blush in Desert Rose with MAC beauty powder in Rose layered on top

Friday, November 4, 2011

FOTN: Guest model

Hello lovelies,
As I mentioned in my last post, my sister was in town visiting so I couldn't resist the opportunity to do up her pretty face with a dramatic smoky eye. She normally keeps her make-up very simple and natural looking, so this was a huge step for her. I love the way this looks on her and I'm hoping she'll let me do it again when I go home to Toronto for the holidays.

I primed her lids with Urban Decay's Primer Potion and used my NAKED palette for this look. Oh, and those gorgeous lashes, those are hers. She's not even wearing mascara in this pic! Genetics can be so unfair sometimes LOL

Thursday, November 3, 2011

FOTN: Hot pink

Hello lovelies,
Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I had the second part of my medical licensing exam at the end of October and then my sister came for a visit, so I've been a very busy bee! But I have lots of posts lined up for you!
This is a look I wore out one of the nights my sister was here. I was wearing all black and wanted a single pop of color so I went with a hot pink lip. I love this color because it really stands out!
*NARS Sheer Glow in Barcelona
*Hard Candy Glamoufage in Tan
*MAC blot powder in dark
*MAC blush in Desert Rose

*MAC fluidline in Blacktrack
*MAC zoom fast black mascara

*Victorias Secret lipstick in Hot Spot
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